25A Magazine Article

I had the pleasure of speaking with Diana Pinck at 25A Magazine recently and she was kind enough to feature me and my work in their current issue... here's an extract and link to the full article:

Female artists, and Mary Jane is a prime example, will generally paint strong women who look right back at you from the painting. There is a real presence, almost a dialogue between the viewer and the subject. Although the sensuality and beauty of the sitter are apparent, they are not the main focus of the painting. When women paint other women, sensuality is the supporting rhythm of the piece, rather than the main melody.


New Painting at LA Art Show 2014

Well Happy New Year one and all... and to kick off 2014 I'm looking forward to showing a new piece with Arcadia Contemporary at the LA Art Show - not only is it the largest art fair on the West Coast but it is currently a clear and sunny 21 °C, once again reminding me that I really must start making my shipping crates large enough to fit in.

Hope and The Reckoning -   28 x 40 inches Oil on Aluminium Panel

Hope and The Reckoning - 28 x 40 inches Oil on Aluminium Panel

Detail of Hope and The Reckoning

Detail of Hope and The Reckoning

Liberty Rests - Solo Show 2013

Opening: 24th September - 28th September 

Fairfax Gallery - 27 Cork Street London WS1

Opening Hours: 

Tuesday 10am - 6pm
Wednesday  10am - 6pm
Thursday 10am - 6pm
Friday 10am- 6pm
Saturday  10am- 5pm

If you'd like to join me at the Private View please do, 

6 - 8pm Tuesday 24th September

I'll be showing 18 new paintings and drawings, some of which you can view (and purchase) now at the Fairfax Gallery 

Below: This Borrowed Earth - 20 x 30 inches

I'll also be showing two new pieces at Arcadia Contemporary New York - 51 Greene Street, New York, NY 10013

Small Works Group Exhibition

Private View is on Thursday, September 19th from 6 to 8pm. 

This Borrowed Earth - 20 x 30 inches

This Borrowed Earth - 20 x 30 inches

Another Solo Show Sneak Peak...

Three weeks to go before I hang the show so the midnight oil is being well and truly burnt here in the studio... in the meantime here's the first of one of my favourite new pieces - a work in progress shot of the left panel of a triptych featuring new model Mason...

September Solo Show - Sneak Preview...

My next solo show is coming up fast - the studio is a hive of activity and new work and I'll be posting up more soon but for now here's a preview:
The show opens on September 24th at Gallery 27 Cork Street London

For more details you can email me or visit Fairfax Gallery who can help with invitations and purchase enquiries. Hope to see you there!

Liberty Rests   Oil on Panel  70 x 100 cm   

Liberty Rests
Oil on Panel
 70 x 100 cm


BP Portrait Award 2012

My portrait of my father is on show currently as part of the BP Portrait Award at The National Portrait Gallery, London. Exhibition runs till 23rd September then  goes on tour to the venues below. You can see more of the work from the exhibition and order a print of any of the selected entries here: www.npg.org.uk

Jonathan Ansell
Oil on wooden panel

315 x 342 mm

Following the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, the winners and selected entries will subsequently tour to:

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh
3 November 2012 – 27 January 2013

Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter
9 February – 19 May 2013

The exhibition tour is organised by the National Portrait Gallery.